Brooks Koepka: ‘I felt like crap’ for hitting PGA Championship marshall

Brooks Koepka’s drive strikes a course marshal on the head.

US Open champion Brooks Koepka says he “felt like
crap” after hitting a marshall on the head with an errant
drive on day one of the US PGA Championship.

Koepka’s tee shot on the 16th at Quail Hollow – his seventh
hole of the day – was flying towards spectators to the right of
the fairway when it hit a marshal who was standing just inside
the ropes.

The man was knocked to the ground and was pictured bleeding
from a head wound, although he was able to joke with Koepka
that he had done him a favour by diverting the ball back onto
the fairway.

“I felt terrible about it,” Koepka said, although he had not
shouted the traditional warning of ‘fore’ following his drive.

“That’s never fun to walk up and see somebody, you just drilled
them. I drilled him in the head, which is probably the worst
part. To be honest with you, I felt like crap.

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“He was laughing and joking when I was up there, kept telling
me, “You got a good break.” I was like, well, I still feel like
crap. But I got his information so I’ll probably reach out to
him tonight and see how he’s doing. I’m sure he’s going to have
quite a big headache.”

Koepka went on to bogey the hole but carded a three-under-par
68 as playing partners Jordan Spieth and Sergio Garcia shot 72
and 75 respectively.

Originally published as
‘I just drilled him in the head’

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